Camping in Northwoods, Wisconsin

In a recent post, I profiled one of our favorite Northwoods campgrounds, Anvil Lake Campground, a simple Forest Service campground located in Wisconsin in the Nicolet National Forest. However, our favorite such camping spot, also in the Nicolet is the beautiful Franklin Lake Campground a few miles away in essentially the same neck of the woods. It was to this lovely spot we first brought our son camping when he was barely six months old.

It was Memorial Day weekend in 1992 and a frosty one at that. Temperatures plunged to freezing during the night and he slept in my sleeping bag with me in his snowsuit. In fact, he spent the entire weekend in that snowsuit. I think that early experience served him well as he is our child that most love the out of doors, accompanies us on every camping or RV trip even at age 20 and, is an avid hiker and climber. As I write this we are preparing for our annual trip out west where we have planned to climb two more “Fourteeners” (peaks in excess of 14,000 above sea level). It is at Ryan’s urging that we strive for the highest peaks. But more about that another time…

Though he has little memory of his first camping adventure, his parents remember it vividly, and not only because of the temperature. We were struck with the beauty of Franklin Lake as well as the simple beauty of the campground itself. Considerably larger than Anvil Lake Campground, Franklin Lake boasts 75 sites, also large, wooded and private as they are strung along the shores of the lake. Again no hookups are available, but there is a multitude of recreational opportunities available with the lake easily accessible: swimming, boating, fishing, everything one could hope for in a natural environment. A number of these sites, also, are located on the shore of the lake, allowing swimming and boating access right from your campsite.

The campground also boasts a nature trail for those interested in learning a bit more about the variety of trees located in the forest. The trail winds through the campground and nearby forest grounds and is a good family activity, even for the little ones, when looking for a break from water activities. An Interpretive Center is also available as a tribute to the native peoples who first settled this property. Again, when looking for a beautiful and peaceful retreat in the Northwoods to get away from it all, Franklin Lake Campground is our first choice.

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